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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE Available Now For The PlayStation 5 Console

SQUARE ENIX® today invites players to experience the city of Midgar like never before in FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE INTERGRADE, the graphically enhanced and expanded version of the award-winning FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE on the PlayStation®5 (PS5™) console. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE builds on the critically-acclaimed PS4 version with new content – FF7R EPISODE INTERmission. Following Yuffie Kisaragi and her partner Sonon Kusakabe, on a dangerous mission to infiltrate Midgar – this new episode brings with it minigames to master, enemies to fight, a new summon to take to the battlefield and an exciting Photo Mode to capture and share memorable moments.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE takes advantage of the latest generation hardware and includes a wealth of graphical, gameplay and system enhancements for the PS5 console:

  • Access to FF7R Episode INTERmission, a PS5 console exclusive adventure that brings a new perspective to the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE storyline
  • Immerse yourself in the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting, and background environments. Players can switch between two game modes:
    • “Graphics Mode” prioritizes 4K high-resolution graphics*
    • “Performance Mode” prioritizes smooth action at 60 frames per second
  • Capture and share your memorable moments from the game with a fully customizable “Photo Mode”
  • Enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense wireless controller, with its haptic feedback integration, and enjoy dynamic bike racing with its adaptive triggers
  • New difficulty settings for ‘Classic Mode’ provide new ways to play
  • Jump into the action faster with optimized loading times

Players who have purchased FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE for the PlayStation®4 console can download a free PS5 console enhancement update** that includes all the next-gen visual and gameplay enhancements detailed above at no extra cost when playing on a PS5 console. FF7R EPISODE INTERmission is then available as a standalone download from PlayStation®Store, after downloading the free PS5 console enhancement update. Owners of the disc version of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE on PS4 will require a PS5 console with disc drive in order to take advantage of this digital upgrade.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE is available now from local and online retailers, and digitally as a Standard Edition for $69.99 or Digital Deluxe Edition for $89.99 at the PlayStation®Store. The Digital Deluxe Edition of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE comes with a digital mini soundtrack featuring songs, such as “Descendant of Shinobi,” and a digital artbook which includes concept art and character sheets.

Wreckfest Review – PlayStation 5

It’s taken nearly two years for Wreckfest to arrive on the new PS5 console while PC and Xbox gamers have been smashing their cars since late 2019.  But good things come to those who wait and I must say the PS5 version of Wreckfest might be the smoothest and most reliable port to date.  With the exception of three fatal crashes over the span of 18 hours of play, I was very impressed with my latest playthrough on Sony’s new console, including load times that are now less than 10 seconds.  PC and Xbox are still 30-40 seconds.

For those that haven’t read my other reviews I enjoy getting to drive race cars in real-life; everything from Indy and F1 to NASCAR and rally cars. The one thing you never want to do is crash one of these million dollar machines, so playing a game where the main intent is to smash into other vehicles goes against every fiber of my being, even if you are driving a piece of crap held together with duct tape and chewing gum. Wreckfest fills in the niche of a true demolition derby game and does so brilliantly with all sorts of race modes, track designs, and a massive garage of vehicles ranging from cars and trucks to riding mowers and farm equipment. You can even drive a motorized couch!

Wreckfest offers a comprehensive solo career mode as well as some crazy multiplayer action. The career mode is divided into panel events that can be either a solo race or a short series. You’ll earn points for finishing in top positions and there are star challenges available that will really test your ability to smash and dash while still trying to win the event. You might be asked to spin out a car or crash them out of the race or merely inflict x-many damage points to the other racers. Some crashes might even trigger a rivalry with a specific racer.

Events take place on a variety of tracks with a mix of dirt, mud, and pavement. Most tracks are circuit designs but there are some figure-8 tracks tossed in to clench your butt cheeks when driving through an intersection with high-speed cross traffic twice per lap. And there are open arena designs like fields and parking lots or mud basins for those nerve-wracking last man standing events. The demolition derby battles are surprisingly strategic in that you need to stay alive until the end but also need to inflict enough damage to meet any star challenges and make contact with cars often enough that you don’t get disqualified.

In a world where casual racing games seldom depict damage I was blown away by the physics and damage model in Wreckfest.   Cars are constructed from individual parts which dent, crush and fly off, but they also impact car performance. If you bend a wheel expect your car to pull to the side. If you damage your engine expect your speed to decrease. Pop-up alerts indicate when damage occurs and a visual indicator shows damage on all parts of your car, so when that front bumper eventually falls off you might want to start driving in reverse.

The driving physics are really good, tipping in favor of arcade versus sim, but the vehicles definitely have a weight about them that makes each a new experience to drive. You can see cars tip on their suspension in tight turns and it’s easy to wipeout on a hairpin if you haven’t braked properly before getting there. There are some turns at the top of a rise where my compact will simply roll over if I’m going too fast. This same level of physics applies to collisions as well, which are some of the best and most realistic I’ve seen.

Driver AI ranges in quality with one or two cars always racing ahead giving you something to overtake while most of the pack falls quickly behind. Of course when you have goal that require crashing into other cars you can’t simply race to the lead and hold it. You have to let a few drivers get past you so you can smash, crash, or spin your way to those stars. Rubbin’ is racing so use those other cars as buffers or mobile guardrails on tight turns.

From a technical perspective Wreckfest looks fantastic with scalable support for 4K resolutions and all sorts of visual tweaks to lock down that 60fps that all racing games want. There are moments of photorealism in the game, especially in those golden hour moments where the sun is shining just right and the lighting and shadows are popping.   Tires leave tread marks, dirt and dust kick up behind the cars, and I never get tired of smashing into a stack of tires and watching them go flying and bouncing onto the track. You can drive from multiple views, and while I typically prefer the dash or hood cam, all too often car damage can obscure your view and make the game virtually unplayable.  Demolition derby events are best played from outside the car for strategic awareness, plus you drive these events mostly in reverse.  The DuelSense controller offered some great haptic feedback that really connects you to the track so you can feel your wheels slipping on the various surfaces.  Even brake damage was represented with vibration in the left trigger and the DuelSense speaker was used to play subtle sounds of the car interacting with the environment, making this the most immersive way to play the game without a wheel and pedal setup.  The audio was a bit off for me on this one. The engine noises for most of the cars were okay and varied enough, but didn’t really change with any of the upgrades you install; especially manifolds and exhausts, etc. The riding mower engine sounds nothing like any riding mower I’ve ever heard; more like a blender on margarita night. The soundtrack is purely subjective and personally I didn’t enjoy it but I didn’t mind it either. I turned that section of the sound down to about half and tuned it out. It’s mostly this angry heavy metal and grunge rock, which I suppose is appropriate for this genre, but in the back of my mind I wanted to hear the Dukes of Hazzard theme song.

The last true demolition derby game I can remember is Destruction Derby back on the PC and original PlayStation in 1996 (damn I feel old), and while many other racing games have included their own variations of the sport, Wreckfest is the first game in decades to embrace the sport of demolition derby and high-speed crash racing. If you’re tired of flashy supercars and pristine racing venues with towering grandstands then you might be ready for some true redneck racing where, depending on the event, your only goals are to finish first or finish last.

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SCARLET NEXUS Demo Arrives on PlayStation Consoles

A playable demo of SCARLET NEXUS, the new Action-RPG title from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. This demo is also currently available on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. SCARLET NEXUS will be available on June 25, 2021 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via STEAM.

SCARLET NEXUS is a thrilling Action-RPG featuring a unique dual protagonist storyline where players can choose to play through the game as either Yuito Sumeragi or Kasane Randall and experience the story through their eyes. Interact learn new details about each character’s squad members and finish both Yuito and Kasane’s playthrough to get the complete SCARLET NEXUS storyline. Beyond the story, both characters allow for different gameplay experiences. Yuito attacks with his blade while Kasane uses kunai for wide, sweeping attacks. Both Yuito and Kasane also feature their own skill trees and will be teamed up with a wide variety of characters through their missions. Combine your squad’s powerful psychic abilities with Kasane and Yuito’s attacks to take advantage of enemy weaknesses and dominate the battle.

Raw and unedited Biomutant gameplay footage on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Today, Experiment 101 and THQ Nordic released unedited gameplay footage for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

PlayStation 5 runs at native 1080p @ 60 FPS, upscaled to 4k @ 60 FPS with Dynamic Resolution

Xbox Series X runs native 4k @ 60 FPS with Dynamic Resolution

BIOMUTANT® is an open-world, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, with unique martial art styled combat system allowing you to mix melee, shooting, and mutant ability action.

  • A NEW TAKE ON 3rd PERSON COMBAT

The martial arts style combat system allows you maximum freedom of movement and agility while mixing shooting, melee, and powers from your mutations. Learning new Wung-Fu combat forms through progression and learning from masters you’ll meet, will constantly add to your choices and make sure combat never gets old.

  •  EVOLVE YOUR GAME-PLAY

You’ll be able to re-code your genetic structure to change the way you look and play. This will of course affect your attributes and in addition to this, exposure to bio-contamination in the world will lead to mutations like the Turtleform and Mucus Bubble, while exposure to radioactivity found in bunkers from the old world will affect your mind and unlock psi-mutations like telekinesis, levitation and more.

  •  NEXT LEVEL OF CRAFTING

You are totally free when crafting weapons. Mix and match parts to create your own unique 1H or 2H slash and crush weapons. Revolvers, rifles and shotguns and add modifications like cork-screws and battery-powered chainsaw modules to bio-contaminated sludge vials adding to your combat arsenal. There are even characters you’ll meet that’ll craft cool stuff for you, like bionic wings, a jump-pack and even let you modify your Automaton – the scrap-toy sidekick!

  •  GEAR UP FOR ADVENTURE

You are totally free when equipping your character. Not only when it comes to choosing weapons you created, but what type of gear you wear. Equip a gas-mask and an oxygen tank for exploring the Dead Zones, thermos-resistant clothes for venturing into cryonic areas or protective gear for taking on bio-contaminated creatures, the choice is up to you.

  •  SURVIVE IN A VIBRANT OPEN WORLD

You are free to explore the world and what lies beneath its surface, by foot, mech, jet-ski, air-balloon or area unique mounts. Explore the dying wildland, the tunnels and bunker networks of the underworld, and find your way up the mountains or out in the archipelago. There are lots of discoveries to be made, mysteries to unravel, creatures to confront, and weird characters to meet in this vibrant and colorful world.

  •  AN UNUSUAL STORY WITH AN UNUSUAL END

Your actions play a major part in the unfolding of a story where End is coming to the New World. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down… You are guided through the world by a Storyteller that narrates every step of your journey, but it’s your actions and choices that’ll decide how your story of survival ends.

Biomutant is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 25th, 2021.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered Coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S as Free Upgrade

Deep Silver has announced that Saints Row: The Third Remastered will release digitally for next-gen consoles on May 25, with the Steam and GOG PC version launching on May 22.

The next-gen version of Saints Row: The Third Remastered for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S will allow players to experience the game running at even greater performance settings – equivalent to the PC edition at high settings. Visually the game’s engine is now able to run at a much higher performance, bringing improvements to lighting, texture resolution, and other visual effects thanks to the powerful hardware.

Framerate is improved across next-gen consoles to offer the smoothest possible gameplay. Players will be able to enjoy the game running at 60 frames per second and dynamic 4K resolution, keeping the action fluid.

Xbox Series S owners get an additional option to enjoy the game in two modes that better cater to individual player preference. Play in either Performance Mode, which keeps the gameplay locked at 60fps with a 1080 resolution, or Beauty Mode that locks the gameplay to standard 30fps while employing an upscaled 4K resolution. PlayStation 5 owners will be able to enjoy Activities support, as well as a subtle signature Saints purple glow on the DualSense controller.

Existing owners of Saints Row: The Third Remastered who own next-gen consoles will be able to enjoy these upgrades free of charge. Free Upgrade and Smart Delivery are guaranteed across PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions. With SSDs on board the new versions load at vastly improved speeds, allowing players to jump in without any wait.

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Raw Fury’s ‘Call of the Sea’ Out Now on PS5 & PS4

Indie developer Out of the Blue and Raw Fury have launched Call of the Sea on PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 today for $19.99 via the PlayStation® Store. To commemorate its PlayStation debut, the award-winning puzzle adventure game is available at a 20% discount for PlayStation®Plus members through May 18. Players who purchase the PlayStation®4 version of the game can upgrade to the PlayStation®5 digital version at no extra cost.

An otherworldly tale of self-discovery and mystery set in the 1930s, Call of the Sea is a love letter to the adventure genre. Players follow Norah, a charming and determined young woman, to a lush island paradise in the uncharted reaches of the South Pacific on the search for her missing husband. On this mysterious island, you’ll unearth the remnants of a lost civilization, investigate clues, and solve a variety of clever puzzles to piece together the fate of Norah’s husband’s expedition. Explore stunning tropical environments on this immersive voyage inspired by the surreal emotion, suspense and surprises of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.

Call of the Sea launched on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC last December to multiple honors, including nominations for Best Debut Game at the 2021 BAFTA Games Awards and Excellence in Visual Art at the 2021 Independent Games Festival. It is also included with Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC.

For more information, visit www.CalloftheSeaGame.com, and follow the game on Twitter.

Subnautica: Below Zero PlayStation 5 Support

In case you missed it, Subnautica: Below Zero, the sequel to the award-winning Subnautica, took the spotlight during today’s Sony State of Play to showcase PlayStation 5 gameplay and DualSense controller support. Check out the latest video footage of Subnautica: Below Zero, and a recent blog from Unknown World’s Community Manager Donya Abramo here

Subnautica: Below Zero integrates DualSense’s haptic feedback system to immerse explorers deeper in the mysterious, watery world of Planet 4546B, delivering visual and audio cues linked to key game moments ranging from tool implementation to terrifying creature encounters – all to enhance the experience for PlayStation 5 users.

Any player who already owns the first Subnautica on PlayStation 4, either in physical or digital editions, will be able to upgrade to the digital PlayStation 5 version at no additional cost. Similarly, those who purchase Subnautica: Below Zero on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version for free.

Launching May 14 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, Subnautica: Below Zero plunges brave explorers into an underwater world filled with all-new and vast biomes to explore, mysterious and unfamiliar creatures lurking above and below the surface and new tech for players to craft and survive.

Showing Is Better Than Telling in the New Wreckfest PS5 Trailer

Just a few weeks ago, we told you about the critically acclaimed demolition racer “Wreckfest” coming to PlayStation®5 on June 1st, 2021. And we talked a lot about how good it’s going to look. Well, showing is better than telling, as they say, so without further ado, here is a new Wreckfest Gameplay Trailer – be sure to watch it in 4K!

Wreckfest is coming to PS5™ on June 1st, 2021, and will be available both digitally and as a retail box for $ 39.99 / € 39.99 / £ 34.99.  Owners of Wreckfest on PS4™ can upgrade to the enhanced version on PS5™ for $9.99 / € 9.99.

Here is an overview of the added enhancements:

  • Dynamic dirt on vehicles
  • Improved shadows, particles, and environment lighting
  • Higher resolution textures
  • Increased amount of foliage
  • Godrays
  • New visual effects for skidmarks
  • DualSense haptic effects
  • Much faster loading times

About Wreckfest

Expect epic crashes, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line and brand-new ways for metal to bend – These are the once-in-a-lifetime moments that can only be achieved in Wreckfest, with its true-to-life physics simulation crafted by legendary developer Bugbear, who also brought you FlatOut 1, 2 and Ultimate Carnage. Burn rubber and shred metal in the ultimate driving playground!

  • Awesome Cars – Old, banged-up, patched-together cars that simply ooze style! From old American heavy-hitters to agile Europeans and fun Asians, you won’t find anything like this in other games.
  • Meaningful Customization – Change not only the look of your cars but also upgrade their body armor Receive free updates that add new tracks and tournament challenges with unique rewards!
  • Multiplayer – Wreck your friends online and take racing to the limit while chasing for demolition dominance!

The Persistence Enhanced comes to new generation consoles and PC on June 4th

Firesprite’s critically acclaimed survival horror title, The Persistence, will be available for PlayStation®5, XBOX Series X|S and PC platforms in the form of an enhanced edition launching worldwide on June 4th.

The Persistence offers a brutal take on survival-horror that integrates an innovative rogue-lite design into the genre, as players are tasked with surviving aboard a doomed deep space colony starship in the year 2521, repeatedly heading deeper and deeper in the decks of The Persistence on each run, to repair the systems and prevent the ship from being torn apart.

The Persistence Enhanced dials up the atmosphere and tension further with improved lighting and particle effects and the addition of a Raytracing ‘Quality’ mode for XBOX Series X and PlayStation®5, which also includes immersive haptic feedback via DualSense™. DXR implementation is enabled for PCs with a supported graphics card.

We’re really excited to debut The Persistence on next-generation hardware, bringing improvements that intensify the immersive stealth horror for both existing players and newcomers alike.” said Graeme Ankers, Managing Director at Firesprite.

The Persistence Enhanced will be available as a standalone paid digital download and also as a free upgrade for existing owners of The Persistence on PlayStation®4, Xbox and Steam platforms. Publishing partner, Perp Games will also release a PlayStation®5 boxed edition at retail stores in Europe.